19 FebComfort’s First Ski Trip … Salt Lake City, Utah

There was little sleep on Thursday night knowing we were waking up to leave for the airport at 4 am but we made it there a little earlier than Chris even wanted Thursday morning. The flights were good and we got into Salt Lake City a few minutes early to get the Jeep Wrangler we rented for our trip. Thankful for the early check in at the hotel to drop off bags and unpack before making a reservation for a snowmobiling adventure. Before we made it there though we needed to lunch since there were a couple that were getting hanrgy ;). We stoped at Cafe Rio on the way for quick bite of Mexican. (Mindy had recommended a few places in SLC and three was one of them; good recommendation).

Next stop was Wasatch Excursions. We got to finally touch the snow which the girls had wanted to do since we saw it from the plane. The girls started throwing snowballs and making snow angels as soon as possible. We had to wait about 45 minutes for the tour to begin so gave us plenty of time to play in the snow.

Snowmobiling was fun and we got some great views. The girls even got to drive on one of the openings with Chris sitting behind them, Lisa couldn’t see over their heads to ride with them. The girls were getting tired towards the end but we asked the guides for a nearby recommendation for dinner.

We ended up at “Midway Mercantile” for our valentine dinner. It was a nice place with great food. We got a cheese fondue for appetizer since everyone seemed hungry. Ivy enjoyed salmon while Lisa, Chris, and Leia shared a steak and Hunters delight plate. Of course ivy took a few bites of ours too. We even ordered a brownie delight to share after dinner before heading back to the hotel to call it a night. 

On our way to have a little fun

Lunch at Cafe Rio

Waiting for our first adventure in Utah

Valentine fun 

The girls got to drive too
What a gorgeous view

Valentine’s Day dinner with our little family

Saturday morning the girls were up at 6 ready to watch a Disney show, Zombies 2 that was released last night. They piled in the bed with mommy while daddy slept to watch it. We were all up filling our bellies at the hotel breakfast early though to leave around 8 to go up the mountain. We (Comfort girls) were a little nervous and excited for our first time skiing ever.  

Traffic was heavier than we thought but we still got there in plenty of time to rent skis for ski school. The girls went to their class and Lisa went to hers while Chris started hitting ski runs. Lisa was next to the girls during part of the lesson and enjoyed watching them learn.  We all ended up on the bunny hill together towards the end of the lessons too so got to see each other’s skills.

We’d originally planned to do afternoon lessons to but we were tired so called it a day about 1:30 and headed back to the hotel. The girls went swimming for a couple hours while Mommy worked on organizing the list of stuff friends recommended in Utah. Chris joined us for a little bit too in the hot tub before we sent him back to rest since he said he was exhausted.

We ventured out to Thai Spoon for dinner and had a cookie for dessert at Crumbl (a recommendation from Mindy). When we got back to the hotel we played a fun family game of uno. Loved hearing the laughter and talking about our day And looking forward to a rest day Sunday.

Piled in the bed watching Zombies 2
What a gorgeous view

Getting ready for our first ski lesson

Mommy and the girls lessons were next to each other in the beginning. It was fun to watch the girls learn

Mommy was in her lesson and noticed the girls and Chris coming up to go down. Chris said it was by chance he got to ride with Ivy and her instructor

Daddy skied by to watch us too so mommy snapped a quick picture
The girls were excited to swim! 

Mommy and daddy were happy with the hot tub

Dinner with our favs

Yummy cookies at Crumbl
Family Uno night

Sunday morning Lisa and Leia were up before 6 again but stayed quiet to let the other bed sleep. They didn’t sleep long though and we were all up by 7am. We spent a leisure morning after getting out early the last two mornings. We enjoyed the snuggles and watching Disney in the girls phones.

When we did head to the car we figured out the roof leaked on the rental :-/. We also figured out a lot of businesses in SLC close on Sundays. Chris did find us a breakfast spot called Landmark that was open. The rain turned to a mixture of snow and rain while we were eating but not enough to play when we weren’t on the mountain.

After breakfast we headed to the Gateway area to explore. We looked at the Temple square from the car since the rain was getting heavier then ventured into Clark’s Planetarium when it opened. We got to explore it, build rocket ships, land space crafts, defend earth from mentors, and watch “Perfect Little Planet” all free thanks to our McWane membership. We learned several cool facts about the planets. Jupiter is the biggest planter and Mercury is the smallest. The hottest planet is Venus and Mars is dry and cold. 

The Requena-Comfort group arrived while we were at the show so we headed to meet them at In-and -Out for lunch as soon as it was over. After filling out bellies, we headed back to the hotel. We ended up playing a family card game of eights while they ran to the store. All the kids, Kelly and Diego got in the pool/hot tub for a little bit before we got showers that evening too. aunt Kelly and uncle Diego are always fun near water!

The little girls worked out a little bit in the ‘yoga room’ before we all met up to head to Top Golf for a little family fun time. It’s hard to tell who won since we all hit for each other since there was 8 of us and only 6 names on the screen but we all had tons of fun. We hung out in the lobby watching basketball and kids playing for a little bit until retiring to our room. We had a Comfort family uno game again before calling it a night. 

Sweet Ivy gave tired mommy and daddy a massage before we headed to a planetarium 

Girls found a fun game

Daddy told us for school he coded something similar so wanted to play too

Defending the earth from meteors 

Having fun in the biggest elevator we have ever saw

These girls played in a rocket and build one to fly 

Our McWane membership got us a free movie too

Before leaving our girls decided to act like tornados

The Requena-Comfort’s arrived so we met them at one of their favorite places, “In and Out” before they ran to the store for supplies and we went back to the hotel
We decided to play cards while we waited on our cousins to get back to swim and play 

Family time at Top Golf

Before we headed to bed we played another quick game of uno. Family game night is so much fun! 

Monday morning we woke up to meet the Requena-Comfort’s down stairs for a early breakfast. We left the same time as Saturday but traffic was even crazier on the way to the mountain. It took twice as long as Saturday. Thankful we made it in time to rent skis and to go to our second ski lesson.

It was a much better ski day than the first day. We actually enjoyed it; the first day was questionable. The three of us had a 1/2 day lesson then met up for lunch with he whole family. While it was better for us it may not have been as great for the other half of our group, we found out that Adrian was jumping and knocked his goggles on his knee so he had a cut under his eye and puffy eye/nose. He still rallied and all were still able to go ski with the whole family. So much fun all getting to do it together! 

Ivy and Leia took off down the mountain; they like going fast. Lisa on the other hand is slow (very slow) or feels out of control. Thankful Kelly and Diego were willing to take turns going slow and very encouraging. Our little family was wearing down though so we headed back a little before Diego, Kelly, and Adrian.

Our girlies got in the pool to start playing then the rest of the family joined us to soak our muscles in the hot tub. Diego and Kelly suggested, ‘The Pie Pizzeria’ for dinner. The kids played a Uno while we ordered and waited on the food. The food was fabulous! We order way too much but everyone left with full tummies.  

Our girls ready for their second day of lessons

First time on a ski lift with our little family

Thankful Diego and Kelly took a few pictures since Lisa was so stiff skiing there was no way she would take her phone out to get them 

Heading back 

Love watching these 4 have fun

Tuesday morning we woke to get ready to go ski again with the Requena-Comfort’s but got a text that Kelly was taking Adrian to the doctor instead since his eye and nose was really swollen. Thankfully nothing was broken and the Requena-Comfort girls got to come meet us at lunch to ski. Adrian and Diego decides to sit the day out, got sushi, and enjoyed a rest day to let the swelling go down a little bit more.

Lisa, Leia, and Ivy all took a ‘turn on green’ lesson. Leia and Ivy are fast skiers that didn’t like to turn so their instructor took them thru trees to get them to turn. Lisa is a little timid and likes to go slow so her instructor worked on getting her more confidence and took her in wide open spaces to increase her speed. The girls said they went down majestic once and got to ski between hills. Lisa’s instructor took her down 5 times and said we did not stop on the slope.

By the time Lisa made it to the bottom after the lesson Chris and Kelly had gotten the girls lunch. Lisa was shaking and exhausted but Kelly provided comic relieve when she said she had accidentally grabbed Adrian’s boots instead of hers so she had to rent them; thankful there’s were some to rent and she didn’t make the drive for nothing. Lisa debated if she was going to ski or not but  wanted to do one last run with the family. Lesson learned don’t ski when your exhausted!  

The last run was the slowest and worst that Lisa felt she had skied down majestic almost the whole time; not the way she wanted to go out but there is always next time. Chris was skiing down with the three girls and having them go through trees. Unfortunately, tiredness got Leia too and she fell which helped Leia decide she was done too. Chris was Getting tired and was smart to decide to call it instead of skiing tired so Chris, Lisa, and Leia headed back down while Kelly kept Ivy and Alicia to ski a couple more runs.

Kelly ended up taking Ivy on a blue run and said she did amazing. Lisa started packing when we got back to the hotel to get a jump on it while Leia talked Chris into playing Uno. We all headed to the pool and hot tub when Kelly got back with the kids for one last swim and soak this trip before we got ready for dinner.

It took us 3 Mexican restaurants before we found one that was not so packed that we could do dinner with out escape room reservation. We ended up at a fabulous Mexican restaurant called, Chile-Tepin. We did not order too much this time but the beer ordered was huge; none of us had ever saw one that big.

We made it to the escape room just in time to sign the waivers and go into the Peter Pan room. We did not quite make it out but in time but had fun trying; next time we will escape. We said our good byes after our fun since they would be sleeping when we left for our early flight.

Cold start to the day but looking forward to having some fun.

We did a few runs on the bunny slope before we started our lessons

Love this girl and the joy she brings to our little family. She headed down the mountain with mommy and daddy so we got a little one on one while Ivy stayed to ski a couple more runs with Kelly and Alicia

Love, love, love that Ivy requested this picture be taken after they finished skiing

Family selfie before dinner at the request of Leia

The beers were the biggest ones we had ever saw

 Excited to experience a escape room with our precious family for the first time


Wednesday was an early morning with the 3:15 wake up call. We all rallied and made it to the airport in plenty of time for the flight. Thankful Starbucks was open for coffee (adults) and cake pops (kids). The coffee did not help keep headaches at bay; we had tired headaches.

We had a long layover in Detroit so we decided to get a nicer lunch at Chili’s. The girls impressed us with how much they ate and branching out a little to ask for and eat cheese and bacon fries. After a couple more hours we were on our way to Birmingham. It was random that on our descent into Birmingham, “Sweet Home Alabama” came on Lisa’s Spotify. We were all thankful to be home safely and very, very tired. 

Chris says that Ivy snuggles but Leia likes to snuggle too

The girls loved the light tunnel in the airport. We thought it was funny Ivy rode the walkways listening to music while Leia read to pass the time during out layover

We asked the girls what were there favorites and got several responses: frozen water fall, Top Golf, spending time with family, lot of good restaurants, escape room, and last but not least skiing. It sounded like the whole trip was their favorite with the list. 

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